You can make the holidays extra special for your children by celebrating Christmas for the whole month of December.
If you are short on ideas on how to celebrate, I have a great list of 25 activities that you can follow to count down the days until Christmas.
You can do all 25 of them (one a day or a few each day) or you can pick and choose a few that really interests your kids. You’ll also find activities that appeal to younger kids as well as older children as well.
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The Ultimate List Of Christmas Countdown Activities For Families
1. Count Down The Days Until Christmas With An Advent Calendar
There are all kinds of advent calendars that would appeal to kids of all ages. You can go with something inexpensive like a chocolate advent calendar or really get them excited with a fun toy advent calendar. You can even make your own calendar with your kids and then fill it with special treats.
2. Drive Around Town To See The Christmas Lights
Most people will find that there are hidden treasures when it comes to Christmas lights right in your own city. You could also look for fairgrounds or public town displays that may cost a few dollars as well.
3. Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments With Your Kids
You’ll find all kinds of fun Christmas ornaments to make with your kids. You can get really creative and make them from scratch or you can pick up a kit or even some pre-made wooden ornaments that you paint.
4. Bake Christmas Cookies
What is better than the smell of freshly baked cookies during the holidays? Spend a day cooking up some cookies or other Christmas treats with your kids. You can even wrap some cookies up for neighbors or friends and let your kids give them as gifts.
5. Have A Christmas Movie Night
Snuggle up in your pajamas with some hot cocoa and popcorn and pick out your favorite Christmas movie to watch. Making a special night of it were everyone sits down and just watches the movies makes it extra special for kids.
6. Decorate The Christmas Tree
Let your kids join in on the fun and have the whole family decorate the tree. Turn on some Christmas music and have a fun day decorating and laughing.
7. Go Shopping For a Donation Gift
Take your children to the store (even if it is a dollar store) so they can pick out a gift they can donate to less fortunate kids or others. You’ll find quite a bit of organizations that gather toys, clothes, and other items that you can donate at Christmas time as this can be a great learning opportunity for kids of all ages.
8. Read Your Favorite Christmas Books
You can do a different Christmas book every day or pick out a few of your favorite ones to read leading up to the days before Christmas. Check out my list for the best Christmas books for toddlers to get some ideas.
9. Decorate Gingerbread Houses
Nowadays you can find all kinds of cool gingerbread house kits so you don’t even have to take the time to bake the cookies yourself. Let kids go free and see what kind of imaginative houses they come up with.
10. Gather Up Toys To Donate
Have your child go through all their toys with you and have them pick out a few to donate to local shelters or other organizations. Use it as a teaching opportunity about kindness and what the Christmas season is about.
11. Take A Picture With Santa
You can head to your local mall or look for any breakfast with Santa events in your area. I know that where we live there are plenty of opportunities outside of the mall, if you don’t want to try to compete with the crowds at the stores.
12. Go Ice Skating
Whether it is outside or inside, ice skating can be a lot of fun for the whole family.
13. Donate Food To Your Local Food Pantry
This is another great opportunity to spread some kindness and generosity around during the holidays. Most food pantries are always looking for donations, especially during the holidays.
14. Visit A Living Nativity Scene
If you are religious this can be an excellent way to really put into perspective what Christmas really is about.
15. Attend a Christmas Concert Or Play
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a concert or play for your whole family but instead look for a children’s theater or around at your local churches for any plays or concerts that they may be putting on this holiday.
16. Make Paper Snowflakes To Decorate The House
One of the things that my kids enjoy the most when it comes to decorating is making their own decorations and paper snowflakes are perfect for the job. You can even find templates online for your older kids to follow for special, intricate snowflakes. When down string the snowflakes and hang them in your child’s room.
17. Write Letters To Santa
Not only is this fun for kids but it can be a great way for parents to find out exactly what the child wants for Christmas. Put the letters in an envelope and have your child drop them off at a mailbox for Santa. Or you can even mail the letter through USPS and your child may just receive a response back.
18. Make Christmas Gifts For Others
Have your child make gifts for other family members, friends, teachers, or even for neighbors.
19. Attend a Christmas Themed Event At The Library Or Store
Find age appropriate holiday themed events were your child can have fun with other kids and celebrate.
20. Wrap Gifts Together
Wrap up the gifts your child made or ones that you bought for other family members or friends. Make it a fun time with some Christmas music and eggnog or hot chocolate.
21. Serve A Fun Christmas Themed Breakfast
Put a smile on your kid’s face with some snowman or Santa shaped pancakes. You can even make a Christmas tree out of cinnamon rolls.
22. Do Christmas Puzzles Together
You can find all sorts of neat Christmas or winter themed puzzles for toddlers up to even adults. Pick one or two for your family and spend a night or two enjoying family time putting the puzzle together.
23. Make Some Christmas Crunch Popcorn And Have Game Night
You can customize your Christmas crunch popcorn to your kid’s liking and let them choose their favorite game for game night. You can even add in some hot chocolate into the mix as well for a fun night together with your kids.
24. Have a Christmas Party
You don’t have to plan any huge event, but you can have your child pick a few friends to invite over or simply just have a few family members over for a small gathering.
25. Celebrate Christmas Eve With A Special Christmas Eve Box
Check out all of my Christmas Eve box ideas to make this night before Christmas so very special for your child. This can be a great tradition to start with your young child and continue on as they grow older as you can easily adapt what is inside the box.
You can choose a few of the activities for your Christmas countdown celebration or try to do all of them to really make the most out of the holidays this year.
And remember it’s spending time with your kids and loved ones that is the real present this holiday.